Dancetime! 500 Years of Social Dance Vol I : 15th-19th Centuries [VHS]

9780966207408: Dancetime! 500 Years of Social Dance Vol I : 15th-19th Centuries [VHS]
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DanceTime! is a journey through 500 years of social dancing, traveling from court to country, ballroom to bistro, salon to street. The choreography of each dance is the result of extensive research and is staged with period music and costumes. Volume I/ The 15th to 19th Centuries Dance through history with the revelry of the Renaissance, the elegance of the Baroque, the charm of Regency country dances and the swirling headiness of Victorian couple dances. The Dances/ Balli, So Ben Mi Chi Ha Bon Tempo, La Volta, Galliard, Minuet, Contredances, Folies d'Espagne, Country Dances, Quadrilles, Durang's Hornpipe, Polka, Mazurka, Galop, Waltz Cotillion. DANCETIME DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance is a collectible two-volume set with an outstanding array of dance and music spanning 500 years. The 38 dances shown in the DVDs are woven together with witty commentary, and provide outstanding entertainment, as well as a comprehensive dance and social history education. Volume I displays the dances, fashions, and music from the 15th century through the 19th century, while Volume II focuses on the 20th century. The two-volume set includes 60 well-known musical selections and 100 elaborate period fashions within the 38 dances. The DVD adds 600 source documents and historical timelines. Anyone who loves history, social studies, culture, costumes, dance, music or theater will be captivated by this unforgettable set. All the dances in DANCETIME! are carefully researched from authentic period manuscripts. Both volumes have received rave reviews from consumers, libraries, colleges, dance lovers and historians.

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Carol Téten choreographs and reconstructs social dances from the 15th Century through the 20th Century. Her research has taken her to libraries and archives throughout Europe and America. She has assembled a collection of over 1,000 rare books, manuscripts, journals, film clips and other materials. Her expertise in reading and translating a wide range of obsolete dance notation systems has enabled her to obsolete materials to life. From these materials she has reconstructed and choreographed over 100 dances, which she has woven together for DANCE THROUGH TIME, the professional dance company she founded in 1980. These dances, many previously completely inaccessible, now can be seen by a broad range of audiences, offering insight not only into the times in which the dances first appeared but also into the diverse cultural forces that shape contemporary social dance forms. During her career, Mrs. Téten has choreographed and directed DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance, A Renaissance Revel, A Baroque Salon, A 19th Century Romance, and Dancing the 20th Century. From these productions, In 1998, she founded DANCETIME PUBLICATIONS, which disseminates the knowledge gained from the years of dance experience through the media of video. The Video set,DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance and the instructional series, How To Dance Through Time are the offerings of her publishing company.


DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance. Dance historian and choreographer Carol Teten takes us on an educational and entertaining tour of dance through the ages. Dancers introduce centuries and styles with arch versification that reveals the soul of each dance (the minuet is formal and quaint, the sarabande is provocative). The dances themselves follow, performed with authentic choreography by couples or groups on a lighted stage. The dancers... are splendidly costumed as befits each period, from perukes and beauty spots to poodle skirts to mohawks...Highly recommended for libraries with collections in history, dance, music, or costume. --Library Journal

DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance. Performances of 38 dances by the Dance Through Time troupe (in costume) trace history, fashion and romance from European royal courts in the early 15th century to disco and hip-hop. --The New York Times

In the Special Features selection you can learn the Dance Descriptions, Timelines, Bibliography, Credits, Instructional Text and a Preview of Volume II. On a computer, you can access a Timeline or Bibliography that gives you more in depth information. You can dive into the text portion of the DVD either with the video or with just the text being displayed. The text is very informative...Dancetime Publications did a marvelous job of putting this DVD together. --Dove Foundation

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